Onward / Thomas / Little Deer Creek Cemetery Tipton Twp, Cass Co.

Becky Miller and I visited this cemetery on September 15 1999.
Although it is an active cemetery, there are burials from the mid-nineteenth century in the older section.
There are numerous interesting monuments.

This database is a combination of data from the tombstones in May 2007 (and later), Funeral Home Information, Obituaries and the L'Anguille Valley Memorial Association's reading done on OCT. 21, 1942. The L'Anguille Valley information was input by Pat Fiscel. More will be added as data becomes available. If you have further information, obituaries, tombstone photos for this cemetery, I will be happy to add them as time allows. Please send by email to Debby. Please mention the cemetery name, as I am working on a number of cemeteries.

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Tipton Township, Cass County, Indiana

Map with sections

Above sections are not official, however they coordinate to my reading of the cemetery.

Occasionaly called the ONWARD cemetery and formerly Known as LITTLE DEER CREEK cemetery (because it is situated on the E.& S. Terrace rim of that winding southern tributary of Pipe Creek known as Little Deer Creek) ; and, still earlier, as the THOMAS cemetery which names are still occasionally applied to the large (and more than-a-century-old) cemetery.

This Large Rural cemetery is situated about Three-Quarters of a mile west of the [incorportated] Town of ONWARD; And a Quarter of a Mile S.of the Columbus [Ohio]- To-Logansport [IN] line of the PA railroad; The N.E. portion of the S.W. 1/4 of the S.E. 1/4 of Section 17 of the N.E. R.3E., 2 P.M., and hence near the center of TIPTON township of S.E. Cass County of North Central Indiana. It is some 11 miles S.E. of the city of Logansport and is about 3 1/2 miles almost due south of the confluence of PIPE CREEK with WABASH RIVER. Cemetery lies west of the Northern terminus of a Lane (which leads 1/4 mile South to the East-To-West County-Highway which comes from ONWARD). This High-Land overlooking the beautiful Hollow of "Little Deer Creek" (A PIPE CREEK TRIBUTARY which should Not be confused with the Large and Westward-Flowing [BIG] DEER CREEK some six miles farther South) was set aside for Burial-purposes, by its Pioneer Day Occupants in the early 1840's; And on April 12, 1861, Josiah W. Thomas issued a Formal Deed (To Trustees). The first person known to have been buried here was [Col.?] William Scott's son Winfield SCOTT, aged about 20, who died on April 16, 1843, and was buried in the n.w. portion of the [present] cemetery. But there may have been still earlier interments to graves which (today at least) are unmarked. Fieldwork for the ensuing record was done on OCT. 21, 1942 bY


with some assistance, on transportation, from F.H. WIPPERMAN, a fellow member of cemetery-research committee of the

L'Anguille Valley Memorial Association
Logansport, Indiana


To the late Cass County Historian, Dr. Jehu Z. Powell We are indebted for the following information concerning this "Deer Creek" [or Little Deer Creek, or Thomas, or Onward !] cemetery."

      No formal written deed for this ground was made [or at least recorded in court house at Logansport] until April 12, 1861, when Josiah W. Thomas deeded more than an acre to 3 Trustees of "Public Grave-yard on Little Deer Creek." [vide D.R. Book T., P.700.] Later [1906], Samuel G. Thomas sold an additional acre for, cemetery-purposes

      Among person buried here were Hugh Morgan who cut his throat in 1853; George Walton who was shot and killed by a Mrs. Schmitt in about 1887 [or 1897?]; Joshua Sensenbaugh who shot himself "some years" before 1913; Joseph Coblentz who [accidentally] shot himself while out hunting in 1887.

      Among the War-Veterans buried here are understood to be:

BUFFINGTON, C.L. d:12-1-1867 Co.I., 24th Ohio Infantry
HELVIE, JOSEPH   Co.H., U.S. Infantry Civil War
MC BEAN, ROERT (note see below)
Co.E, Mexican War, Mounted Riflemen
MASTERS, IRVIN   KY Regiment, Mexican War
MILLER, MOSES A.   Co.F., 147 Ohio Infantry
MILLER, DAVID   Co.K, 9th Indiana Infantry
REVIS, JOHN 7-10-1906 Co.D., 34th Indiana
SCOTT, J.M.   U.S. Soldier
SNYDER, LEVI 11-26-1900 Mexican War
ZERFIS, MARTIN   Co.I., 46th Indiana


Anguille Valley Memorial Association, Logansport, Cass Co., Indiana

additional Veteran's noted during transcription not included above.

The U.S. flag waves on his grave with a monument that resembles a wooden structure made of 12 small short logs erected by his children, Mary, Jennie, Hattie & Christopher Bean Notice that the Anguille Valley Memorial has him as McBean, Roert & no dates.
HAAS, VICTOR d: 9-29-1921 Indiana Indiana Pvt. 21 INF., 16 DIV. World War
IJAMS, WILLIAM H. 9/27/1807-8/18/1894 Civil War Vet. Co.K., 9th Ind.Vols.
HOWARD, MICH'L N. no dates G.A.R. Co.C. 13 Ohio INF.
BAVOR, JAMES no dates Co.I., 4th Ind. Calvary
BEAN, ROBERT S. 8/4/1819-2/7/1894 Soldier, Mexican War, Co.E. Mounted Rifles
BENNER, Omer E. 1891-02/05/1939 War Vet. (Pvt., 159 Depot Brig.) American Legion
CAREY, Joseph   Co.E., 175th Ohio INF.

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Onward / Thomas / Little Deer Creek Cemetery Tipton Twp, Cass Co.

Photos by
Debby Beheler, October 1999 and 2007
Links to:
Cass Co. INGenWeb;
Cass Co. Cemetery List;
Cass Co., Tipton Twp. Cemetery Locator Map;

Created 14 October 2006; updated  19 July 2021